Reverse Thread (E1 Music, 2010)
Regina Carter’s Reverse Thread takes the music of Africa and reconfigures into superb contemporary jazz pieces. The virtuoso violinist has selected music from various parts of Africa, including traditional music and musical pieces by highly reputable contemporary African musicians such as Mali’s Habib Koite, Mariam Doumbia, Ayub Ogada, Bassekou Kouyate and Boubacar Traore.
Despite the African roots, the music is definitely not world music, but rather contemporary jazz featuring Regina Carter’s dazzling violin melodies and improvisations backed by a powerful rhythm section formed by bassists Mamadou Ba and Chris Lightcap and drummer-percussionist Alvester Garnett. Two accordionists are featured, Will Holshouser and Gary Versace. Adam Rogers is on guitar and African traditional music is represented by master kora player Yacouba Sissoko, who appears on three pieces.
On Reverse Thread, Regina Carters reconfigures the music of Africa into sultry jazz phrasings.
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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.